Ladakh standoff: India, China hold talks; both sides agree to resolve differences through peaceful dialogue

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Joint Secretary (East Asia) in MEA holds talks with Director-General in Chinese Foreign Ministry on Ladakh row ahead of military commanders-level talks tomorrow.

Ahead of military commanders-level talks tomorrow, India-China review bilateral relations including current developments

New Delhi: Joint Secretary (East Asia) in Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), on Friday held talks with Director-General in Chinese Foreign Ministry to discuss the prevailing situation on India-China border in Ladakh, according to the sources.

The two countries have reviewed the state of bilateral relations including current developments, the news agency PTI quoted MEA as saying. Both sides agreed that the two countries should handle their differences through peaceful discussion, it added.

The MEA further stated that the two countries recalled consensus reached by leaders of China, India that stable ties will be a positive factor for the world.

The meeting came ahead of Lieutenant General-level talks on Saturday morning. Indian Army sources were earlier in the day quoted as saying that the talks will be held in Maldo in China, opposite Chushul in Ladakh sector.

From the Indian side, 14 Corps Commander Lieutenant General Harinder Singh will take part in the discussions. Major General Liu Lin, commander of South Xinjiang Military Region of the People’s Liberation Army, will join the talks on China’s behalf to address the ongoing dispute along Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, sources added.

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